Insider Report 12/2/2020

Welcome to the weekly National Travel newsletter! This week's newsletter brings you a lot of exciting news in the travel industry including American Airlines introducing the 737 MAX back into circulation, a response from Southwest regarding the mysterious Utah Monolith and so much more! We have our office open 24/7 so if there are any questions or thoughts we can help with feel free to give us a call or respond to this email!

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American Airlines Adds 737 Max Back into Circulation
     Beginning December 29th, 2020, American Airlines will start to phase the 737 MAX back into their circulation, starting with departures from Miami, FL.  Following a strict and lengthy recertification process, the FAA has recently cleared the Boeing aircraft to take to the skies again.  While American Airlines has worked closely with Boeing, the FAA and many other safety experts, the airline understands that some customers may still want to wait a while before boarding a 737 Max again.  For that reason, American Airlines will offer flexible rebooking options for travelers confirmed on a 737 MAX.
Southwest Airlines Responds to Mysterious Monolith in Utah
     In November, the appearance of mysterious monolith in Utah made headlines prompting many questions about its discovery and subsequent disappearance.  The 10-12 foot structure was discovered in a remote area of red rock by state wildlife employees counting sheep from a helicopter.  Many have speculated on where this strange object could have come from.  Was it a prank? An anonymous art installation? Or are aliens responsible? Soon after it was discovered, however, the monolith vanished, encouraging even more questions, but Southwest Airlines had a pretty simple answer for the phenomenon.  The airline issued a tweet with the object edited to look like one of their numbered posts used at Southwest Airlines’ gates to assist in the boarding process with the message, “Sorry y’all, we needed it back.”

COVID-Tested Flights from Rome to US

     COVID-tested fights will soon be possible to and from Rome and the US through Alitalia and Delta Airlines.  The Rome Fiumicino airport will be the first in the EU to offer the transatlantic service again following the travel restrictions introduced during the pandemic.  
     Travelers coming from New York's JFK airport, Newark airport and Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson airport can travel on these flights after being tested 48 hours prior to departure and upon arrival to avoid the mandatory 14-day quarantine in Italy.  

Now Open in Travel

New Openings for US Travelers

  • Mozambique:     Negative COVID PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure from country of origin required.  
  • Zambia:     Negative COVID PCR test taken within 14 days of departure from country of origin required.  
Santa Granted Travel Exemption!

 Breaking news just in time for the Holiday Season!

     International travel restrictions have stopped many people from their usual travel plans this year, leaving the children of the world wondering how Santa will deliver all his gifts to good boys and girls!  In Belgium, the government has issued an exemption granting St. Nick the ability to spread his holiday cheer!  Santa Claus will still have to follow the country’s rules on social distancing and is encouraged to wear a mask, but with a little bit of Christmas Magic, that shouldn’t stand in his way!

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